Trump Fires Anti-Media Salvo Ahead of G20 Summit
“Fake News Media will never cover me accurately,” the U.S. President tweets as the economic summit kicks off Friday in Hamburg.
After bashing CNN in Poland, U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday continued his attacks on the mainstream media on the second stage of his international tour at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Shortly before the G20 meeting officially kicked off Friday morning, the Trump took to his favorite platform, Twitter, to launch a preemptive strike against the crowds of journalists gathered in the northern German city to cover the events of the next two days.
“I will represent our country well and fight for its interests!,” Trump tweeted. “Fake News Media will never cover me accurately but who cares! We will #MAGA!,” he added, using the acronym for Make America Great Again.
I will represent our country well and fight for its interests! Fake News Media will never cover me accurately but who cares! We will #MAGA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2017
On Thursday, Trump visited Poland where he took time to continue his long-running feud with CNN. The President said CNN has taken “too seriously” a video he posted Sunday showing him as a wrestler body-slamming a man with the CNN logo in place of his head. CNN, and others, said with the video the president was tacitly condoning violence against the media — something Trump dismissed. In Warsaw, Trump lashed out, saying CNN “have been fake news for a long time. They’ve been covering me in a very dishonest way."
The world's media is gathered in Hamburg for the G20 summit of leading industrial nations, which runs through Saturday, July 8. The conference has been so far overshadowed by protests, some of them violent, between anti-Trump and anti-G20 demonstrators, and Hamburg police. Local authorities said in a statement Friday that 111 police officers have been injured so far in the protests and 44 people arrested. It is not clear how many demonstrators have been injured.
Much of the media focus will be on Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. In Poland, Trump publicly criticized what he termed Russia's “aggression” towardsits neighbors, particularly Ukraine. He also formally endorsed Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance, which obliges all NATO allies to come to each other's defense in the event of an attack. Trump explicitly failed to endorse Article 5 during his previous European trip.
On Friday, Donald Tusk, a former prime minister of Poland and current president of the European Council, welcomed Trump's tougher stance toward Russia.
“We've been waiting for a long time to hear the words from Trump we heard in Poland,” Tusk said, but added that “the question is whether Trump's comments on the transatlantic community represent new policy or are just words.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Trump and the other world leaders attending the G20 summit Thursday. The next two days will be taken up with group and one-on-one meetings between the leaders.